Department of Biochemistry
Project Groups in the Department of Biochemistry
In the Department of Biochemistry, there are nine project groups whose research encompasses a range of different topics and chemical compounds. Several groups investigate the biosynthetic pathways leading to plant defenses, including their regulation and evolution. Others focus on the ecological roles of defenses in protection against enemies, while others trace their fate and action in herbivores or pathogens. Most of the previous work in the department was carried out on two groups of chemical defenses, glucosinolates and terpenoids. But, projects have been recently established on phenolics, benzoxazinoids, alkaloids and nitrogen-containing volatiles. Project Groups
Laboratory for Chemical Analysis
We use state-of-the-art instrumentation for chemical analyses of plant and insect samples, including several GC-MS instruments for the identification and quantification of volatile organic compounds, LC-ESI-Triple-Quadrupole mass spectrometers for high-throughput, high sensitivity target analysis of primary and secondary plant metabolites (i.e. amino acids, sugars, phytohormones, prenyl diphosphates), an LC-ESI-Ion-Trap mass spectrometer for the identification of unknown compounds, and a number of HPLC-UV systems for the target analysis of plant defense compounds (i.e. glucosinolates, salicinoids).